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Bill would give student-loan breaks for rural relocation.

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., was at Dodge City Community College in Kansas recently, stumping for a bill he sponsored that would offer incentives for recent graduates to relocate to a small town in return for lower student-loan rates.

Earlier this year, Brownback and a dozen other farm-state senators introduced the New Homestead Act of 2003, designed to reward people who relocate to rural areas through a series of economic incentives.

One program included in the measure offers to repay up to $10,000 in student loans for recent graduates willing to move to a small town.

Chuck Hassebrook, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska, said he supported the legislation's emphasis on encouraging rural residents to launch or expand small businesses.
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Title Annotation:Capitol briefs
Publication:Community College Week
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 15, 2003
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